Home Build Update #4
It’s been 108 days since we put down $300 to secure the land for our dream home. On the surface it doesn’t look like much has progressed. The land itself looks pretty much the same as it did when we slapped the SOLD sign on it back in June.
Okay, so a few kids may have popped up with some patches of grass in between…!
But there have been some subtle changes that prove that quite a lot things have been happening under the surface. And it’s these small incremental changes that keep me going when, on a cursory glance, it looks as if we are going nowhere, fast.
In my last post I shared that we had selected Masterton Homes to build our house, The Villina. We placed a deposit and have been waiting for the plans to be prepared so we can make final adjustments and start selecting some of the external finishes. The plans should finally be in our hot little hands this week which is pretty damn exciting!
The plans have been delayed while the builder determined the results of the bore log which occurred a few weeks back. Can I say, I’ve never been more excited to see a hole before? It means progress folks!
See? How exciting is that hole???
And, out of the hole, came this…
No, it’s not poo! It’s proof that our soil is classed H1 (a highly reactive clay site which may experience high ground movement from moisture changes) so our house requires extra piering. Which means extra money, which is bad. But at least our house won’t sink or collapse or fall apart on us, which is good.
To be honest there is still no real rush for our plans as the land is yet to be registered so we couldn’t commence our build anyway. Hopefully registration will occur by the end of the month so we can finally settle on it and finally own it and finally move forward with our first house build.
In the meantime we have been paying regular visits to the estate and have joined a community Facebook group which has been a great source of information about what’s going on in our new neighbourhood. Apparently there is already a doctor and a hairdresser operating and with a new Coles being constructed 2 minutes down the road we’ll have close to everything we need in our backyard.
On the weekend we attended a family fun day to celebrate the opening of the new sportsfields, tennis courts and basketball/netball courts. It was a really fun day with lots of activities for the kids and was a great opportunity to meet some of the neigbours.
Seeing all the wonderful amenities, plus meeting some lovely people and recognising the commitment that residents have to building a real community there reinforces why we first decided to buy into the dream 108 days ago.
I know however long it takes and regardless of how much it may cost us, we will continue to hold onto our dream of living in a real community with nature at our doorstep and views to soak up.
Although, being the impatient soul that I am, I really, really want the dream to begin to be a reality now!
Linking up with Jess, yet again, for IBOT – wishing everyone a wonderful Tuesday!